A consortium comprising Alstom and its Chinese joint venture (JV) CASCO Signalling has received a contract from Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company to supply incremental train control system (ITCS) for Qinghai-Tibet railway line in China.

Valued at over €15m, the contract is the first ITCS contract for Alstom since the integration of GE Signalling. It wil see the ITCS installed on the Gelmod-Lhasa section of the 1,956km Qinghai-Tibet regional line, which will to replace the existing signalling system supplied by former GE Signalling. These improvements are being made to increase capacity.

Alstom's China and East Asia managing director Ling Fang said: “This contract is a breakthrough for Alstom after the successful integration of GE signalling.

“With an enhanced signalling solution portfolio addressing urban, regional, and mainline, and through our strategic local partner CASCO, we are China's preferred partner to support its railway projects throughout the country.”

"Valued at over €15m, the contract is the first ITCS contract for Alstom since the integration of GE Signalling."

Both passenger regional and freight trains are operated on the 1,145km Golmud-Lhasa section, which has 45 stations. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company has secured approval to add 13 new stations on the line by the end of this year, as well as for the revamp or relocation of 18 existing stations by the end of next year.

CASCO Signal was established by Alstom, together with China Railway Signal & Communication Corporation in 1986. To date, it has supplied communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling solutions for more than 40 metro lines in 18 cities in China.

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CASCO has also provided control centres for more than 70 passenger-dedicated lines, including Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway and Guangzhou – Zhuhai Intercity Railway.

Image: A train pulled by an NJ2 locomotive travels on Qinghai-Tibet railway line in China. Photo: courtesy of Jan Reurink.